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Definition of throwback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that is suggestive of or suited to an earlier time or style his manners were a throwback to a more polite era
2a : reversion to an earlier type or phase : atavism
b : an instance or product of atavistic reversion

throw back

threw back; thrown back; throwing back; throws back

Definition of throw back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to delay the progress or advance of : check
2 : to cause to rely : make dependent they are thrown back upon … native intelligence— Michael Novak

intransitive verb

: to revert to an earlier type or phase

Examples of throwback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spurs’ graphic running across the shirt, while the Nike ‘Futura’ logo is a noticeable throwback to the 1990s., "Tottenham Launch New Light Blue Nike Third Kit With Serious '90s Throwback Vibes," 3 Sep. 2019 The original Nintendo Switch has four, separated directional buttons on the left hand side, but the Switch Lite swaps these out for a control pad, which could be an enjoyable throwback for some. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Nintendo Switch Lite: Remaking a hit for gamers on the go," 27 Aug. 2019 In some ways, Nadal is a throwback to the concept’s early tech days. NBC News, "These technologists think the internet is broken. So they're building another one.," 21 July 2019 There is also throwback Airstream pop-up Bodega in the Miami Design District and two concession stands in the American Airlines Arena. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "SoBe’s hot Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is coming to downtown Fort Lauderdale," 14 Nov. 2019 Written by Combs, the 2017 CMT new arist of the year and the 2018 Country Music Association new artist of the year, and several co-writers, the album is a solid throwback to the neo-traditionalist country of the 1990s, with artists like Jackson. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Country’s Luke Combs heads into a sold-out Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse with momentum and a new album," 11 Nov. 2019 Market Street isn’t some atmospheric throwback to past glories. John King,, "Market Street makeover — safe bike lanes and no cars — finally at hand," 8 Oct. 2019 With the rest of the conference spreading it out across the field on offense, the Owls are a throwback to the days of old and far departure than what the Blazers are accustomed to defending. Evan Dudley, al, "UAB looks to rebound from ‘tough loss,’ prepares to play Rice at home," 2 Oct. 2019 Link’s Awakening is both a throwback to the best Zelda games of the ’90s and an original twist on the classic formula. Matthew Gault, Time, "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Before the ball was thrown back into the infield, Hinch vaulted the dugout steps to remove Miley, who exited to roars for his efforts, but set Osuna up to fail. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Wade Miley's superb start squandered as Astros fall to A's in 11 innings," 24 July 2019 The former Brighton manager stood down from his role after a tough start, but was thrown back into the spotlight when new boss Joe Kinnear was struck down with severe health issues., "Ranking the Success of Premier League Managers Who Returned to Their Former Clubs," 8 Sep. 2019 The 30-year-old Brian fell behind 3-1 before throwing back-to-back sliders, the second one at 71.7 mph, to strike out Colin looking. Wes Crosby,, "Got you, bro: Brian Moran K’s brother Colin in MLB debut," 7 Sep. 2019 The 30-year-old Brian fell behind 3-1 before throwing back-to-back sliders, the second one at 71.7 mph, to strike out Colin looking. Wes Crosby, Houston Chronicle, "Brian Moran K's brother Colin in MLB debut," 5 Sep. 2019 Participants will hear stories how poet Dylan Thomas proposed to his wife at one pub and T.S. Elliot threw back some drinks in another. Washington Post, "‘London literary pub’ tour brings writers and writing home," 4 Sep. 2019 As in, throw back these Player Weekend abominations, please. Mark Faller, azcentral, "MLB strikes out with boring, black-and-white Players Weekend uniforms," 24 Aug. 2019 Instead of throwing back a Harvey Wallbanger, just try legs up the wall pose. Aric Chokey,, "How did the Democratic candidates do in their first round of debates? We rated them.," 28 June 2019 Protesters throw back tear gas fired by the police in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. Ivan Watson, CNN, "Hong Kong's police describe their side of the protests," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of throwback


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1656, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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The first known use of throwback was in 1656

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English Language Learners Definition of throwback

: a person or thing that is similar to someone or something from the past or that is suited to an earlier time


throw·​back | \ ˈthrō-ˌbak How to pronounce throwback (audio) \

Medical Definition of throwback

1 : reversion to an earlier type or phase : atavism
2 : an instance or product of atavistic reversion

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